Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

Intention:  That, in this Octave of Christmas, we will continue to find ways to bring the presence of Christ and his Good News to all of the world.

Today’s Gospel | John 20:1a, 2-8

On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they put him.”  So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.  They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.  When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.  Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.

From the Meditation for Saint John the Evangelist| Saint John Baptist de La Salle

If Saint John was much loved by Jesus, he also loved Jesus very much. The first sign he gave of this love was that he gave up everything in order to follow him.

If Saint John followed Jesus to Mount Tabor, where he manifested his glory to his Apostles, he also accompanied him to Calvary, where he appeared as an object of malediction, although all the other disciples had abandoned him. He was, then, the only Apostle who followed Christ even to death, for he wanted to be the witness of his sufferings right up to the end.

He was also the first to be at the tomb of Jesus Christ, to make sure of the truth of his Resurrection and to be able afterward to announce it to the others.

See what his tender love made Saint John do to respond to the love of Jesus for him. Reflect often that because Jesus gave himself entirely to us and for us, we too must give ourselves totally to him, do everything for him, and not seek ourselves in anything. Our whole care ought to be to detach ourselves from all things in order to attach ourselves to God alone, because nothing is equal to him and he is the only one to whom we can securely give our hearts.


Eternal Father, on this day that we remember the evangelist Saint John, may we especially recall from his Gospel the words, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”  In this Octave of Christmas, inspire us to celebrate in your Son’s birth the gift of our redemption, and proclaim it through our own spirit of giving and of peace.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.